Hurricane, tornadoes devastated South Georgia communities. Let’s help them restore their tree canopy. Learn how by watching this video.

 We need your help.

On October 7 and 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew pounded Georgia coastal counties. In January, 2017, 41 confirmed tornadoes struck the state of Georgia in one 36-hour period. The south Georgia area was especially devastated. To help restore the many environmental, economic, and social health benefits that trees provide in storm-struck Georgia communities, the Georgia Urban Forest Council, in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission, established the Georgia ReLeaf program to bring urban forests back to life by planting trees in public areas such as parks, schools, main streets, and business districts.  Click here or on the above image to watch our new video explaining our current endeavors in South Georgia and donate what you can to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Georgia ReLeaf fundraising drive to restore tree canopy in these communities.100% of funds raised will go directly to providing trees to these towns and cities, and donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!

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GUFC Third Quarter Program: Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure

For the third year in a row, we will spend time talking together about trees as green stormwater infrastructure at our summer program.  This year’s program will be held August 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norcross Community Center, 10 College Street.  Karen Firehock, Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, will lead us in talks about the valuable role of trees in stormwater management. The Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. (GIC) was formed in 2006 to help local governments, communities, and regional planning organizations, land trusts and developers evaluate their green infrastructure assets and make plans to conserve them. We’ll also hear from our friends at GreenBlue Urban, an international company that helps cities with integrating stormwater management into urban tree planting design. Christine McKay, Water Protection Division, US EPA Region 4, will facilitate a panel discussion of community leaders, arborists, landscape architects, and planners on challenges and successes in their communities regarding trees and stormwater management.  Lunch included.  3.25 CEUs available for ISA-certified arborists.  SAF Continuing Forestry Education hours applied for.  A certificate of professional development will be available for landscape architects and others.

Eventbrite - GUFC Third Quarter Program: Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Arborist Certification Review Course in Grayson Sept. 19 & 20

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Gretchen Musser and Rob Swanson on September 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (both days), at the Grayson Senior Center, 485 Grayson Parkway, Grayson, Georgia  30017 (behind City Hall). Gretchen and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. REGISTRATION FEE: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members (Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.) STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at www.isa-arbor.com and www.amazon.com. An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam. SCHOLARSHIPS:The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists. Download scholarship form at here. Scholarship application must be approved by the Georgia Forestry Commission before registering for the class. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: 15.25 ISA CEU hours will be available for certified arborists taking the class as a refresher course. Lunch is included on both days. Questions? Call Mary Lynne Beckley at 470-210-5900 or e-mail her at marylynne@gufc.org
Eventbrite - Arborist Certification Review Class in Grayson, GA

College Canopy Conference is September 12 at Clayton State University

At this year’s College Canopy Conference on September 12 at Clayton State University in Morrow, we’ll hear talks on the latest research regarding changing urban landscapes and concerns such as the West Nile and Zyka viruses; campus sustainability, best practices for treecare and campus communication; tree risk assessment and keeping people safe; establishing a butterfly garden, pollinator garden, or arboretum; and specific challenges for treecare on college campuses.  We’ll enjoy an interesting trail walk and talk through this lovely campus, including their QR-coded tree plantings,Spivey Hall, the Butterfly Garden,the Pollinator Garden, and Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, which is Georgia Peach Belt Green Building Certfied. Lunch included.  CEUs available.
Eventbrite - GUFC College Canopy Conference

GUFC Annual Conference set for November 8 & 9 at Callaway Gardens

Don’t miss the 27th Annual GUFC Conference and Awards Program, this year at the Callaway Gardens Lodge Conference Center.  Keynote speakers include author Jill Jonnes (Urban Forests:  A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape), Dr. Larry Morris, Professor of Forest Soils at the University of Georgia, and Mac Callaham, USDA Research Ecologist and Adjunct Professor at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia.  Breakout sessions will cover issues such as Beneficial Insects in the City, Urban Soils, City Tree Selection, Tree Ordinances, and much more.  Tours will include the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and hands-on experience evaluating trees.  The awards luncheon allows everyone to see the best of the best in urban forestry projects across the state.   Don’t miss it!

Eventbrite - GUFC Annual Conference and Awards Program - Callaway Gardens

Purchase your registration tickets with the orange button above, and remember that lodging is a separate fee.  The lodging rate for conference attendees is $139 per night, and the number to call is listed on the ticket reservation page.

CEUs:  10 CEUs for ISA-certified arborists.

SAF Forestry Continuing Education hours applied for.  Certificate of Professional Development available for landscape architects and others.

Thank you, sponsors and partners. Your support sustains our effort to provide innovative urban forestry education, programming, and resources in Georgia.

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